Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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A win for religious schools

Religious Liberty | Court upholds seminary’s right to enforce sexual conduct code
by Steve West
Posted 10/13/20, 01:34 pm

A federal court on Wednesday upheld the right of a historic California seminary to expel two students who violated school policies about marriage and sexuality.

In a 19-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall ruled that Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., was exempt from Title IX, a federal education law that bars discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program receiving federal money.

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Canaan Baptist Church

Firehouse, or house of worship?

Religious Liberty | Dallas-area church fights to keep its land
by Steve West
Posted 10/13/20, 12:59 pm

When Pastor Jarvis Baker stands on Canaan Baptist Church’s plot of land in Duncanville, Texas, he doesn’t see just an empty field but a planned sanctuary and activity center. “I believe if your vision is not big enough, it’s not God-ordained,” he said. But an attempt by the city to seize the property puts the plan in danger.

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Adoption agency shutdown halted

Religious Liberty | Court upholds right of Christian organization to follow its beliefs
by Steve West
Posted 10/12/20, 04:30 pm

New York told the Syracuse-based adoption agency New Hope Family Services it had to place children with same-sex couples or not place them at all. But a federal court stepped in last week, ruling the agency could continue to operate according to its Biblical beliefs, for now.

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